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17 May 2019 | 10:30 AM UTC

Yemen: Renewed clashes reported in Hudaydah port May 15 /update 26

Yemen News Alert

Clashes continue in Hudaydah despite Houthis withdrawal from port May 15; further clashes possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Hodeidah

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Event

The Houthi rebels and the government-aligned coalition both reported renewed clashes in Hudaydah on Wednesday, May 15, despite the withdrawal of Houthi forces from the city's port announced by UN officials on Saturday, May 11.

Further clashes are likely to take place in Hudaydah in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Houthi and pro-government forces agreed to a ceasefire on December 18, 2018, that included the removal of Houthi forces from Hudaydah port and handing over operational control to the UN, humanitarian corridors to interior cities, and a prisoner exchange.

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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